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Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
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Apr 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: german-literature
Read from April 14 to 15, 2011

Mann's prose can be very pedantic (though never outright 'difficult') he spells out his theorizations about art, lust, eros what have you, with the same exhaustive attention to detail that you usually get more from people like Hegel, Kant, Herder, etc. Like lots of Teutonic writer's before him, he wants to create and populate his own world of ideas more than he wants to pay rent to live in someone elses. Whether you like it or not, it's the sort of intellectually ambitious, classical reference name-checking which helped usher in modernist fiction. And hey, it'll make you terrified of water gondolas.

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